SINGAPORE - He was riding his company's motorcycle back to his office in Tampines when tragedy struck.
Mr Muhammad Mirza Abdul Razak, 31, who was a defender for the Singapore under-14 national football team in 1997, crashed at Braddell Road at around 6.20am on May 23.
The Orange Force senior specialist rider with NTUC Income, who was part of its accident response team, was rushed to Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), but was pronounced dead about an hour later.
Nearly a month has passed since the accident and his wife, Madam Diana Nursita Abdul Latiff, 29, still struggles to talk about her late husband without bursting into tears.
The situation is made even more heartrending as the couple had just celebrated the birth of their first child a mere eight days before the accident.
"He was very happy and excited to bring home our baby from the hospital," she said.
A wistful smile formed on Madam Diana's lips yesterday when she recalled how she had known her husband since young as both had been pupils of Xinmin Primary School in Hougang.
They reconnected online in 2008 and were married three years later.
But the smile was quickly replaced with tears as the tax officer recounted the morning of the tragedy.
Speaking from her four-room flat in Punggol yesterday, Madam Diana said she had just finished observing her mother and grandmother bathing her baby, Misha Dalia, at around 8am when she decided to check her mobile phone.
Mr Muhammad Mirza had started his night shift at about 10pm the night before and was expected to be home at around 8am.
"I was wondering, 'It's already 8am, but why isn't my husband home?' He would usually call me."